Evidence of meeting #50 for Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was commission.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Paul Thompson  Assistant Deputy Minister, Processing and Payment Services Branch, Service Canada
  • Éric Giguère  Director, Employment Insurance Appeal Division, Service Canada

12:30 p.m.

Director, Employment Insurance Appeal Division, Service Canada

Éric Giguère

I will have to verify that point.

12:30 p.m.

Bloc

Josée Beaudin Saint-Lambert, QC

I would appreciate that.

When a claimant does not have enough knowledge to defend himself and must call on someone to represent him, that second person should be informed quickly.

On the matter of time frames, we have heard that it takes six to seven days to prepare a file. Do you think you can improve that?

12:30 p.m.

Director, Employment Insurance Appeal Division, Service Canada

Éric Giguère

When we prepare files we try and do that as quickly as possible, given the complexity of files. This 10-day standard was put in place to make sure a date was set for the hearing, and to try and give the person as much time as possible.

If need be, we can ask that everything be postponed to give claimants more time.

12:30 p.m.

Bloc

Josée Beaudin Saint-Lambert, QC

Since these workers do not have any income while this is going on, they want things to get settled as quickly as possible.

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Candice Bergen

Thank you very much.

Seeing no more questions from members, I will say thank you to the witnesses for being here. Thank you for answering our questions.

I want to speak with the committee briefly about our next two meetings.

Right now we are scheduled to be planning our disability study. For the first hour, we are scheduled to be discussing and planning the disability study. The adoption draft report is ready, so I would suggest, if the committee is in agreement, that we could take a look at that in the second hour of Tuesday's meeting. Then, on Thursday, I would like us to begin the disability study, even though we won't have all of the parameters.

12:30 p.m.

An hon. member

Is this next week?

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Candice Bergen

Yes, we're talking about next week.

On Tuesday, then, for the first hour we'd be looking at and discussing the parameters of the disability study.

Would the committee be in agreement to use the second hour for looking at the draft report on adoption? I think we probably need only an hour to get it completed. Then, on the following Thursday, we'd begin our disability study, if that's all right with the committee. That is what we had planned.

12:30 p.m.

Liberal

Michael Savage Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, NS

Isn't the minister here Thursday?

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Candice Bergen

I'm sorry; yes, I'm mistaken. The minister's here Thursday.

12:30 p.m.

Liberal

Raymonde Folco Laval—Les Îles, QC

That's the day after tomorrow.

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Candice Bergen

Yes.

I'm just thinking about next week, about getting ready, because we'll have to have a few....

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

We'll have to ask Tony about...[Inaudible--Editor]

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Candice Bergen

Yes, this coming Thursday the minister is here for the estimates.

12:30 p.m.

An hon. member

Are we in public?

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Candice Bergen

We're in public.